The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a program for adults. You must be at least 18 years old to register.



To register, or for any questions regarding your registration, please contact the Center for Conferences at 319-335-4141 or 800-551-9029, or email

If you have questions regarding the content of your workshop, or you need help deciding which workshop is best for you, call the Festival office at 319-335-4160. You will help us guide you by studying the offerings and narrowing your choices before we talk.

You may enroll in only one workshop per week or weekend. You may, however, enroll in as many weeks or weekends as you like.

All workshops are noncredit. Auditors or other nonparticipating visitors are not permitted.

Payment must accompany registration.

You may register online or by phone, fax, or mail. Online, phone, and fax registrations require a credit card (MasterCard, Visa, or Discover). If you register by mail, you may use a credit card, check or money order.

Register online at  
Phone 319-335-4141. Fax 319-335-4039.


To register by mail, complete the registration form in your print catalogue, indicating your choice of workshop and method of payment. (Make checks or money orders payable to Center for Conferences.) Mail to:

         Center for Conferences
         The University of Iowa
         250 CEF
         Iowa City, IA 52242



Registrations for weeklong and weekend workshops are accepted on a first-come first-served basis. Class size is limited to twelve. It is a good idea to register early. We will notify you promptly if the workshop you have selected is full and, if you wish, help you make another selection. If the workshop of your choice is full at the time you register, and you do not wish to enroll in a second choice, we will refund your entire payment. We will honor your choices according to availability.


Housing and most meal costs are not included in workshop fees. Fees for weeklong workshops include a light dinner on the Sunday evening of registration, the Monday reception, and dinner on Thursday evening. Weekend fees include a Saturday morning continental breakfast.

A nonrefundable deposit is required for each course for which you register.


Weeklong Workshop

$660 if paid in full when you register. $275 of your payment is a nonrefundable deposit.

Weeklong Workshop Installment Plan

$680 if you pay in two installments, $275 nonrefundable deposit when you register and the remaining $405 at least ten days in advance of your workshop. A schedule for payments due on the installment plan appears below.

Weekend Workshop

$345 payment in full when you register. $125 of your payment is a nonrefundable deposit.

Receive $25 off one weekend workshop for every weeklong workshop in which you enroll. Discounts may not be transferred or combined.


If you must cancel your registration, and the cancellation is at least ten days prior to the beginning of your workshop, we will refund your payment minus your deposit. You will forfeit your deposit for each workshop for which you are registered and cancel. If you must cancel within the ten days preceding your workshop for any reason, you will forfeit your entire payment. A schedule for refunds (minus nonrefundable deposits) appears below. If we must cancel a workshop, and you do not wish to choose another workshop, you will receive a refund of your entire payment.

The Iowa Summer Writing Festival is a community built on an assumption of shared enterprise, in the spirit of cooperation and respect. We reserve the right to a) revoke the registration of or b) dismiss from the program any person who disrupts the learning/working environment of others or threatens this enterprise.


If you wish to transfer to another workshop after you have registered, there will be a processing charge of $50 for each transfer, provided the transfer is at least ten days prior to the start date of your workshop. Thereafter, the charge to transfer is $150. Deadlines for transfers follow the schedule below.

We are not able to make exceptions to the cancellation and transfer policies.


If the workshop begins: You must cancel/transfer your registration/pay
your balance by 12:00 noon, Thursday:
June 17 (weekend) June 8
June 18 June 8
June 24 (weekend) June 15
June 25 June 15
July 8 (weekend) June 29
July 9 June 29
July 15 (weekend) July 6
July 16 July 6